Baseball takes devotion. From February to hopefully the end of October, managers, coaches, training staff, and players must spend at least eight hours a day, seven days a week focusing on the sport. During the offseason, they also work hard to prepare for the upcoming season.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers had a meaningless doubleheader at Coors Field. It was a publicity stunt by Major League Baseball before this season. The Dodgers have accomplished everything that they can, and the Colorado Rockies are trying to avoid a 100-loss season.
It would have been understandable if the Dodgers didn’t take this four-game series seriously considering the NL West was already locked up. However, early in the morning., Dino Ebel, the Dodger third base coach, was rolling balls to Freddie Freeman on the field.
After the games, Dave Roberts talked about the differences between the Dodger organization and the others.
“I just think it’s something that we believe in as an organization. I know personally, the idea of making it matter, the whole everything you do — how you do anything is how you do everything,” Roberts said. “I love practice, I love baseball, I love players, so when you get coaches and players that love to practice, I think it’s contagious. I think that anyone can show up in a big league stadium, in a big league ballpark and perform. But as you saw today, our best players, all of our players are out here early, getting in late last night to prepare to play two games today, and enjoy that part of baseball.”
This enjoyment of baseball has enabled the Dodgers to go to the postseason for 11 consecutive years. This culture is a reason the Dodgers have continued to thrive, no matter what players were on the field.
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